Senators News: December 17th

-The Ottawa Senators have traded David Rundblad and a second-round pick to Phoenix for Kyle Turris (link). The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch had reported earlier that the Sens “don’t mind giving up a roster player, but indications are they don’t want to part with the pick Coyotes GM Don Maloney wants“, but apparently they were willing to part with a pick.  I have to admit that I’m shocked the Sens gave up on Rundblad in such a short period of time, although I agree with Ian Mendes (link) that the offensive emergence of Jared Cowen is what made him expendable.  This is going to leave the media in something of a bind–Filatov is gone, Rundblad is gone, both Gonchar and Kuba are playing better–who is the new whipping boy?

-Bruce Garrioch Tweets (link) that both Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar are fully participating in practice today

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Wayne Scalan writes about Paul MacLean coaching Dan Bylsma when he played for him in Anaheim (link), with Bylsma saying, “One of the things I do remember about Paul [MacLean] the coaching staff there (in Anaheim) is that they had a good interaction with the players. Mike Babcock’s a demanding coach, and certainly has a great ability to set a foundation on how a team plays, but they also had a willingness to talk wth the players.”

-Joy Lindsay Tweets (link) that Brian Stewart has been recalled from Elmira due to Robin Lehner‘s injury/illness

-Joy has also Tweeted the Filatov was returning to Binghamton but Bruce Garrioch corrects that by saying it’s simply paperwork saying he’s been assigned there (link)

Ottawa 6, Pittsburgh 4; Binghamton 3, Adirondack 1

I was at tonight’s game against the Penguins which featured abysmal goaltending on both sides.  A slow and non-descript first period was followed by an eight goal bonanza in the second that ultimately chased Brent Johnson from the net.  Despite the win (Alex Auld earning his first), the Sens Nick Foligno was the victim of another knee (this time from Simon Despres) and his status has yet to be updated.  For the box score go here link.  Tonight’s goals:
1. Greening (Spezza, Cowen)
A great deflection in front
2. Pittsburgh, Sullivan
Beats Auld far side in close; a shot Auld should have had
3. Spezza (Alfredsson, Karlsson)
Fires it home from between the circles
4. Alfredsson (Spezza, Lee)
Slides the puck under Johnson from the faceoff dot
5. Pittsbugh, Niskanen (pp)
Beats Auld short side from the point; another bad goal
6. Pittsburgh, Malkin (pp)
Beats Auld exactly the same way
7. Cowen (Foligno, Karlsson)
Bounces the puck in off of Orpik
8. Konopka (Karlsson, Cowen) (pp)
A great deflection in front
9. Spezza (Alfredsson, Cowen)
Goes 5-hole on Fleury
10. Pittsburgh, Kunitz
A great deflection in front

Top-performers:
Jared Cowen – had a four-point night and was strong in his own zone
Jason Spezza – also had a four-point night, the most he’s had this season
Daniel Alfredsson – three-points and tied with the two above at +4

Players who struggled:
Alex Auld – three bad goals does not inspire confidence
David Rundblad – he was benched after a Karlsson turnover and was only out again on powerplays; it’s pretty clear that his dangling at the offensive blueline is what’s driving Paul MacLean nuts

The Binghamton Senators won in the return of Corey Locke, breaking their four-game losing streak.  Mike McKenna got the win while David Dziurzynski, Rob Klinkhammer, and Stephan Da Costa scored.  For the box score go here link and for Joy Lindsay’s game summary go here link.

Elmira lost 5-3 to Chicago, with Brian Stewart pulled in the loss, Jack Downing having a goal and an assist, and Louie Caporusso with no points and a -3.